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Pirates deny reports that top prospect Gregory Polanco will be joining the MLB roster on Friday

Jun 4, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

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UPDATE, 7:21 p.m. ET: A “high-ranking” Pirates official told beat writer Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that there are currently no plans to call up Polanco on Friday. This just took an odd turn.

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As first reported on Wednesday afternoon by Tim Williams of PiratesProspects.com and then later confirmed by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates will call up top outfield prospect Gregory Polanco before their series-opener Friday night at home against the NL Central-leading Brewers.

Polanco, rated a Top 10 prospect this winter by Baseball America, has hit .351/.410/.547 with six home runs, 47 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 57 games this season at Triple-A Indianapolis. He should provide an immediate boost to a Pirates offense that currently ranks 22nd in the majors in runs scored.

Pittsburgh opens play Wednesday evening with a 28-30 record and -22 run differential.

The only reason Polanco isn’t already in the bigs was threat that he might achieve Super Two status. His callup Friday means that he will finish the 2014 season with 115 days of service time. The projected cutoff for Super Two status — according to Williams’ report at PiratesProspects.com — is two years and 128 days.

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  1. gdobs227 - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. bronco58lb - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Who is the hell is Tim Williams?

    • MartiniVision - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Also known as timshilliams@piratepropaganda.com

  3. musketmaniac - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    What’s the old saying buy low sell high. Well soon makes sense, especially with the Josh Harrison market at an all time high. huge fan favorite and jack of all trades is scorching hot. but his future in Pittsburgh is iffy. all the positions he can play are taken with polonco arriving. Pedro,Walker, Marte, Cutch are here to stay for a few years.

    • dchambers144 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      @musketmaniac: you must not know the Pirates ownership; unfortunately Walker and Pedro will most likely not be Pirates long term. Walker is having a career year and Pirates haven’t wanted to negotiate a long term deal. Pedro is a Scott Boros client and will likely go to free agency no matter what and demand way more than Pirates are willing to pay. Harrison may remain only because he is the cheapest option.

  4. notsofast10 - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Yeah wouldn’t want that Super 2 for the lad, that would be devastating to the Club!

  5. Stiller43 - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Cant wait til he’s up! And marte needs a kick right in the ole crotch

  6. yahmule - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    About goddamn time.

  7. musketmaniac - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    20 minutes after I posted that John wehner on root sport commented on Harrison. ` utility players get hot from time to time, and when they cool off managers put them back on the bench`. I’m not going to argue contracts. My point is those players will be there after jhay is gone. And to sell/trade the player when his value has over peaked. Jhay cannot handle the middle infield. and he lacks the power for the corners. and although he has made many excellent catches in the outfield this year. He hasn’t ran a clean route to a fly ball all year.

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  9. thepittsburghkid - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Tim Williams runs the site Pittsburgh Prospects, if you are a Pirates fan you religiously go to that site for Pirate information.

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